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Bruins Week Ahead: 2/20 - 2/26

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

February 20 – February 26

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:
POST-OLYMPIC BREAK PRACTICE SCHEDULE:  The Bruins will resume practice on Thursday, February 25 with a 10:30 a.m. practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington.

BB.COM IN VANCOUVER: BostonBruins.com’s John Bishop is on location in Vancouver, providing live in-game blog coverage, daily updates and Tweets from the Olympics. Visit BostonBruins.com – or follow “@NHLBruins” on Twitter – for exclusive interviews with the Bruins Olympians and to check out all the latest goings-on at the 2010 Olympic Games.

“NEELY SK8” UPDATE: More than $70,000 has been pledged to the Neely Sk8 challenge to benefit children battling cancer and their families. Nine-year-old Jack Dolan is leading the way in terms of fundraising, as he has raised $26,193.11 as of Friday, February 19. For more information, upcoming skate times and locations and how to donate, visit www.neelysk8.com

VERSUS LAUNCHES OLYMPIC AD CAMPAIGN: Throughout the Winter Games, VERSUS will have at least one 30 second spot (and in most cases two 30 second spots) in every Olympic hockey game. The “Make it Happen” spots were directed by Brett Morgen who most recently directed "Truth in Motion: The U.S. Ski Team's Road to Vancouver", a film which documents the U.S. Ski Team's preparations for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

MEN’S OLYMPIC ICE HOCKEY GROUP STANDINGS AS OF FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19:
Group A
1. United States – 6 points
2. Canada – 5 points
3. Switzerland – 1 point
4. Norway – 0 points

Group B
1. Russia – 4 points
2. Czech Republic – 3 points
3. Slovakia – 2 points
4. Latvia – 0 points

Group C
T1. Finland – 3 points
T1. Sweden – 3 points
T3. Germany – 0 points
T3. Belarus – 0 points

THEY SAID IT…
Tim Thomas, on being a part of the Olympic experience...
“We’ve only been here a couple days so the Olympic experience just started, but so far it’s been everything I hoped it would be. It’s just an amazing atmosphere on the whole, not just by the US hockey players, but even in the team cafeteria. Everybody’s playing for their country and it’s been great so far.”

MEDIA AND FAN INFORMATION LINE: Please call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice and game schedule.

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AND MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Please note the schedule is subject to change, call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the schedule.

Ristuccia Arena (190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887)
TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

Sunday, February 14 - Wednesday, February 24
-Olympic Break (no practice scheduled)

Thursday, February 25 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
-Bruins players available after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players

Friday, February 26 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
-Bruins players available after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players

UPCOMING BRUINS OLYMPIC SCHEDULE:
Friday, February 19
CNBC
7:30 p.m. (EST) David Krejci and the Czech Republic face-off against Latvia
MSNBC/V
11:55 p.m. Marco Sturm and Team Germany vs. Finland

Saturday, February 20
MSNBC
7:30 p.m. Zdeno Chara, Miroslav Satan and Slovakia take on Latvia
MSNBC
11:55 p.m. Marco Sturm and Germany back in action vs. Belarus

Sunday, February 21
NBC
3:00 p.m. David Krejci and Czech Republic vs. Russia
MSNBC
7:45 p.m. Patrice Bergeron and Canada face-off against Tim Thomas and the United States

AROUND TOWN:
WHAT: Neely SK8 Challenge
Throughout the month of February, the Boston Bruins Foundation and the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care are hosting the First Annual “Neely SK8 Challenge” skate-a-thon presented by Liberty Mutual. The Neely SK8 Challenge fundraiser will help raise funds for children battling cancer and their families. Bruins fans of all ages can register to skate at one or more of the 23 FMC participating rinks. A complete list of skate dates and rink locations can be found below. Skaters can create their very own personalized fundraising page for family and friends to pledge and follow participants fundraising progress at www.neelysk8.com. A number of prizes will be awarded throughout the Neely SK8 Challenge. Every skater raising $50.00 will receive and official Neely SK8 Challenge t-shirt. The individual raising the most money at each of the participating rinks will receive an official Cam Neely autographed jersey. The top four skate-a-thon fundraisers will receive four tickets to a Bruins game where they will sit in a private suite and meet and greet current Bruins Vice President Cam Neely. The highest fundraiser will receive four tickets to a Bruins game, a meet and greet with Neely, the opportunity to high-five the Bruins team as they take the ice, ride on the Zamboni and autographed Bruins items.

WHEN: Saturday, February 20 from 1:40 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
WHERE: John Armstrong Memorial Skating Rink, 103 Long Pond Road, Plymouth, MA 02360

WHEN: Sunday, February 21 from 2:10 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.
WHERE: Hetland Skating Arena, 310 Hathaway Blvd, New Bedford, MA 02740

WHEN: Sunday, February 21 from 2:40 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
WHERE: Driscoll Arena, 272 Ellsbree Street, Fall River, MA 02720

WHEN: Sunday, February 21 from 2:40 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
WHERE: Asiaf Arena, 479 Forest Ave Extension, Brockton, MA 02401

WHEN: Sunday, February 21 from 2:40 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
WHERE: Theodore J. Aleixo, Jr. Skating Rink, Gordon Owen Riverway, Taunton, MA 02780

WHAT: Bruins I.C.E. School Visit to the New England Aquarium 
On Friday, February 26, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference will be teaching a science lesson at the New England Aquarium to 50 fourth and fifth grade students from the Bradford Elementary School. Ference will speak to the students about how he “Lives Blue” by making simple everyday choices that help the environment, paying particular attention to the ocean. 
WHEN: Friday, February 26 from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
WHERE: New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Andrew Ference

“COMMUNITY CAPTAIN” PRESENTED BY THE LOTTERY:
During each Boston Bruins home game, a member of the local community is acknowledged for their contributions
as the “Community Captain” of the game. The Community Captain receives four complimentary game tickets to a
Bruins home game where they will be recognized on the TD Garden HDX (video scoreboard).


BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES:

THE BUZZ: NESN’s Naoko Funayama will take you through the latest Bruins news on and off the ice on NESN’s weekly countdown show, The Buzz. This week’s Buzz will feature the top 10 NESN games in Bruins history, as voted on by the fans. Check your local listings for the Buzz’ airtimes.

THE HOCKEY SHOW ON 98.5: Bruins play-by-play man Dave Goucher and color analyst Bob Beers will team up with Sports Hub host Damon Amendolara every Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. for “The Hockey Show”- an hour long program on 98.5 FM devoted to news, notes and phone calls on everything going on with the Bruins
and around the NHL.

WEEKLY SPOTS:
Tune in to the following stations for weekly segments with Bruins personnel:

Mondays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Milan Lucic with “Toucher and Rich”

98.5 The Sports Hub
4:20 p.m. Cam Neely with “Felger and Massarotti”

Wednesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
12:40 p.m. Blake Wheeler with “Tanguay and Zolak”

Thursdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Shawn Thornton with “Toucher and Rich”

100.7 FM WZLX
8:25 a.m. Marc Savard with “Karlson and McKenzie”
1
07.3 FM WAAF
8:30 a.m. Cam Neely with “The Hill-Man Morning Show”

98.5 The Sports Hub
4:20 p.m. Peter Chiarelli with “Felger and Massarotti”

BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (As of Friday, February 19):

Goals
1. M. Sturm, 18
2. M. Ryder, 15
3. B. Wheeler, 13
T4. P. Bergeron, 12
T4. M. Recchi, 12

Assists
1. Z. Chara, 28
2. P. Bergeron, 25
T3. M. Savard, 22
T3. D. Morris, 22
5. D. Krejci, 20

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 37
2. Z. Chara, 33
T3. B. Wheeler, 31
T3. M., Savard, 31
T3. D. Krejci, 31

Plus/Minus
1. M. Sturm, +8
2. Z. Chara, +6
3. M. Satan, +5
T4. J. Boychuk, +3
T4. M., Savard, +3

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 104
2. Z. Chara, 72
3. M. Stuart, 47
4. B. Wheeler, 41
5. S. Begin, 40

BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD:
-Patrice Bergeron currently ranks 8th in the NHL in faceoff percentage at 57.4% (S. Nichol, 61%).

-Tim Thomas is currently tied for 4th in the NHL for shutouts (4) with 5 other players (M. Brodeur and T. Vokoun, 7).

-Tuukka Rask currently ranks 1st in the NHL in goals against average with 2.08 and tied for 3rd in the NHL with Evgeni Nabokov in save percentage at .928 (T. Vokoun, .931).

-The Bruins as a team are tied for 2nd in the NHL in shutouts (7) with 3 other teams (Chicago Blackhawks, 8).

-The Bruins as a team are 3rd in the NHL in the penalty kill category at 86%.

-The Bruins as a team are tied for 4th in the NHL with the Calgary Flames in goals against per game at 2.42 goals (Chicago Blackhawks, 2.31).


BOSTON BRUINS 2009-10 TIMELINE
PLAYER MILESTONES AND TRANSACTIONS

July 1: 
* Byron Bitz re-signed to a multi-year contract.
* Steve Begin signed as a free agent to a one-year contract.
* Johnny Boychuk re-signed to a one-year contract.
July 7:
* Drew Fata and Dany Sabourin signed to one-year contracts as free agents.
July 13:
* Rob Kwiet, Drew Larman, Zach McKelvie and Trent Whitfield signed as free agents.
July 20:
* Matt Hunwick re-signed to a two-year contract.
July 24:
* Patrick Eaves and 2010 fourth round draft pick acquired from Carolina Hurricanes for Aaron
 Ward.
* Derek Morris signed as a free agent to a one-year contract.
August 4:
* Bruins enter agreement for ECHL affiliation with Reading Royals.
September 4:
* Claude Julien signed to a multi-year contract extension.
September 9:
* Andy Wozniewski signed to a one-year contract as a free agent.
September 18:
* 2010 first and second round and 2011 first round draft picks acquired from Toronto for Phil
 Kessel.
September 20:
* Adam Courchaine, Matt Dalton, Jordan Knackstedt, and Matt Marquardt assigned to
 Providence/AHL.
* Scott Fletcher and Rob Kwiet returned to Providence/AHL.
* Alain Goulet and Lane MacDermid released from Boston training camp and reporting to
 Providence/AHL training camp.
* Ryan Button (Prince Albert/WHL), Jordan Caron (Rimouski/QMJHL), Michael Hutchinson
 (London/OHL) and Tyler Randell (Kitchener/OHL) returned to their junior teams.
September 21:
* Max Sauve returned to his junior team in Val d’Or/QMJHL.
September 23:
* Jamie Arniel, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Jeff Penner and Kevin Regan assigned to
 Providence (AHL).
September 26:
* Don Sweeney promoted to Assistant General Manager.
* Guillaume Lefebvre signed as a free agent to a one-year contract.
* Mikko Lehtonen, Jeff LoVecchio and Adam McQuaid assigned to Providence (AHL).
* Kirk MacDonald released from Boston tryout agreement and returned to Providence (AHL).
* Zack McKelvie, Levi Nelson and Yannick Riendeau termed injured, non-roster players.
September 28:
* Drew Fata, Drew Larman, Guillaume Lefebvre, Dany Sabourin, Trent Whitfield, Andy
 Wozniewski, Brad Marchand and Zach Hamill assigned to Providence (AHL).
September 30:
* Vladimir Sobotka assigned to Providence (AHL).
* Jim Benning signed to a multi-year contract extension.
October 2:
* Adam Courchaine assigned to Sarnia (OHL).
* Lane MacDermid signed to an entry-level contract.


October 6:
* Milan Lucic signed to a three-year contract extension.
October 8:
* Kevin Regan reassigned from Providence (AHL) to Reading (ECHL).
October 10:
* Mark Stuart played his 200th NHL / Bruins game vs. New York Islanders.
October 17:
* Guillaume Lefebvre recalled from Providence (AHL) and played his first NHL game at Phoenix
 Coyotes.
* Derek Morris played his 800th NHL game at Phoenix Coyotes.
October 18:
* Guillaume Lefebvre returned to Providence (AHL).
* 2011 second round draft pick, Craig Weller and rights to Alexander Fallstrom acquired from
 Minnesota Wild for Chuck Kobasew.
* Guillaume Lefebvre, Brad Marchand and Vladimir Sobotka recalled from Providence (AHL).
October 19:
* Guillaume Lefebvre returned to Providence (AHL).
October 20:
* Daniel Paille acquired from Buffalo Sabres for third round and conditional fourth round draft
 picks in 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
October 21:
* Trent Whitfield recalled from Providence (AHL).
October 22:
* Guillaume Lefebvre recalled from Providence (AHL).
October 24:
* Mark Recchi played in his 1,500th NHL game at Ottawa Senators.
October 25:
* Guillaume Lefebvre returned to Providence (AHL).
October 31:
* Michael Ryder played in his 400th NHL game vs. Edmonton Oilers.
* Daniel Paille played in his 200th NHL game vs. Edmonton Oilers.
* Coach Claude Julien reached his 100th win behind the Boston bench.
November 4:
* Mikko Lehtonen recalled from Providence (AHL).
November 5:
* Tuukka Rask signed to a two-year contract extension.
November 6:
* Mikko Lehtonen returned to Providence (AHL).
November 10:
* Mark Recchi recorded his 900th career NHL assist vs. Pittsburgh Penguins.
November 14:
* Blake Wheeler played his 100th NHL game at Pittsburgh Penguins.
November 19:
* Marco Sturm played his 800th NHL game at Atlanta Thrashers.
* Dennis Wideman recorded his 100th NHL assist at Atlanta Thrashers.
November 20:
* Brad Marchand returned to Providence (AHL).
November 21:
* Trent Whitfield returned to Providence (AHL).
November 29:
* Doug Houda, Craig Ramsay, Geoff Ward, Bob Essensa and Brant Berglund signed to
 multi-year contract extensions.
December 1:
* Marc Savard signed to seven-year contract extension.


December 2:
* Johnny Boychuk assigned to Providence (AHL) for conditioning purposes.
* Max Sauve signed to an entry-level contract.
* Marc Savard scored his 200th NHL goal vs. Tampa Bay Lightning.
December 5:
* Johnny Boychuk recalled from Providence (AHL).
December 15:
* Andy Wozniewski and Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
December 18:
* Zdeno Chara played his 800th NHL game at Chicago Blackhawks.
December 19:
* Adam McQuaid played his first NHL game at Toronto Maple Leafs.
December 22:
* Andy Wozniewski returned to Providence (AHL).
December 23:
* Claude Julien coached his 200th game behind the Boston bench vs. Atlanta Thrashers
 (6-4 win).
* Vladimir Sobotka played his 100th NHL & Bruins game vs. Atlanta Thrashers.
December 27:
* Matt Hunwick played his 100th NHL & Bruins game at Florida Panthers.
January 3:
* Miroslav Satan signed as a free agent for the remainder of the season.
January 8:
* Trent Whitfield recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 14
* Andy Wozniewski recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 17
* Andy Wozniewski returned to Providence (AHL).
January 18
* Drew Larman recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 18
* Drew Larman and Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL).
January 20
* Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 20
* Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL) and Drew Larman recalled from Providence.
January 23
* Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
January 25
* Drew Larman returned to Providence (AHL).
January 27
* Trent Whitfield returned to Providence (AHL).
January 31
* Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL).
February 1
* Adam McQuaid recalled from Providence (AHL).
February 14
* Adam McQuaid returned to Providence (AHL).
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